Diana’s sisters: Where are Lady Sarah and Lady Jane now?

2017-08-31 11:23
 

In life and in death, Princess Diana remains the adored royal with one of the most recognisable faces in the world.

The epitome of sophistication, the late Princess of Wales loved flirting with cameras almost as much as photographers delighted in snapping her.

But while the world only knew the enigmatic English rose through the lens, those closest to the late Princess knew her intimately.

From her years as the youngest daughter of the Spencer household, to her encounter with the eligible royal bachelor, Prince Charles, these two women were by Diana’s side at every daunting step of the way.

We take a closer look at the Princess’ sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.

Lady Sarah McCorquodale

The 62-year-old is the eldest of the four Spencer children.

She is married to Neil Edmund McCorquodale (65) and together the couple have three children, Emily Jane (34), George Edmund (33) and Celia Rose (28).

Sarah dated Prince Charles back in the late 70s but apparently had no intention of being his wedded wife. She bluntly stated that she would not tie the knot with Charles “if he were the dustman or the King of England”, according to 9Honey.

She introduced Charles and Diana to each other and later jokingly commented, “I introduced them. I'm Cupid.”

Sarah and Diana had an unbreakable bond. Diana once referred to Sarah as, “the only person I know I can trust," People reports. 

Since Diana’s death, Sarah has worked hard to keep her sister’s memory alive. She was President of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund until its closing in 2012.

She was in charge of Diana’s will and, in 2008, even testified in the inquest into Diana’s death.

Lady Jane Fellowes

Lady Jane (60) married Robert Fellowes, who was the assistant private secretary to Queen Elizabeth at the time, in 1978. Diana, then 16, was a bridesmaid in the wedding.

The couple have three children, Laura Jane Pettman (37), Alexander Robert Fellowes (34) and Eleanor Ruth Fellowes (32).

Because of her husband’s job, the Fellowes’ were given a home on the Kensington Palace grounds and Robert was promoted to the Queen’s private secretary in 1990.

His loyalty to the Queen put Jane’s relationship with her sister under strain as Diana dealt with the devastation of her crumbling marriage to Charles. Jane and Diana barely spoke in the last 18 months of Diana’s life, according to People.

After Diana’s death, Jane stayed out of the public eye. Her very first interview since that fateful night in 1997, was in 2013 with British magazine, The Lady. In the exclusive sit-down, she spoke about Only Connect, a charity organisation she’s involved in that aims to rehabilitate young people who have committed crimes.

Despite the unsavoury allegations, the family remains close with Diana’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

Sarah and Robert attended Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate’s wedding in 2011.

Laura is one of Princess Charlotte’s godparents.

Sources: wikipedia.org, people.com, honey.nine.com.au, aol.com

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